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Bassist William Parker At Atheneum

Bassist William Parker At Atheneum

Hartford's Real Art Ways has been a regional hub for wide-eyed, avant-garde musical happenings for a few decades, and recent programming, like the ongoing Improvisations series, suggests that reputation is secure for now. Occasionally, as they did for last year's Go Organic Orchestra performance and in conjunction with the Hartford Jazz Society, RAW books acts at the Wadsworth Atheneum, where bassist William Parker brings his sextet In Order to Survive to perform on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Parker composes music, plays a range of instruments and writes poetry. He came up in New York with Cecil Taylor and Don Cherry in the mid-'70s before fronting his own groups. Parker founded In Order...